More than 60 people arrested for drink driving

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This year’s summer drink drive campaign has so far seen 62 people arrested for drink driving – three more than for the same period last year.

A total of 18 people were arrested between June 10 and 18.

The force’s annual summer drink drive campaign began on June 1 and will be in place until June 30.

Sergeant Tony Hopkins from the Operations Tactical Unit said: “I’m really pleased with these results; there is no place on our roads for anybody who is irresponsible enough to drink before getting behind the wheel.

“With the barbeque season in full swing, we want to be really clear on our message: the only safe limit is none.

“The potential consequences of deciding to drink and drive are catastrophic.

“Drink driving relates to around 15 per cent of all fatalities on our roads.

“Other consequences include a minimum 12 month driving ban, a criminal record, a fine of up to £5,000 and an endorsement which will stay on your licence for 11 years.

“Even if you’re not driving, you can help reduce the number of people who are killed and injured every year by drink driving.

“Don’t offer an alcoholic drink to someone you know is planning to drive.”

Across Northamptonshire, an increased number of breath tests are being carried out, with an emphasis on daytime testing.

To report a suspected drink drive in confidence, call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615, fill out the online form at www.northants.police.uk/drivewatch or if you think someone is drink or drug driving now, call 999.